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Gurgaon rape case: Police recover CCTV footage of Saudi diplomat’s apartment

The MEA had been requested to inform the Gurgaon Police of the protocol to be followed in such a case, said a police officer.

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Caitriona Towers in Gurgaon, where the women were allegedly held hostage. (Source: Express Photo by Manoj Kumar)

On a day officials from the Embassy of Nepal visited the Gurgaon Police to get an update on the investigation into the rape of two Nepali citizens by a diplomat from Saudi Arabia, police also recovered CCTV footage of the diplomat’s apartment.

The police also sent another report to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and requested their assistance to take the probe forward.

On Thursday evening, two officials — an inspector general-rank officer of the Nepal Police and a Nepal Foreign Services official — visited the Gurgaon police commissionerate. “We are happy with the investigation done by the Gurgaon Police,” they said after the meeting.

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The MEA had been requested to inform the Gurgaon Police of the protocol to be followed in such a case, said a police officer. He added that the police has acted within the Indian law and has not violated the provisions of any diplomatic convention or protocol.

“I believe that we have carried out a quick, transparent and scientific investigation so far in this case and presented our findings before the MEA in the matter, who now has to guide and assist us in carrying out this investigation further. The finer details of the investigation cannot be revealed at this stage as the matter is sensitive and may affect the relations between two nations,” said Navdeep Singh Virk, commissioner of police, Gurgaon.

The Nepali women were trafficked to Delhi via Bihar, through Banke village in Uttar Pradesh, said sources in the police.

The women had been brought to India through the country’s open border with Nepal, said sources. They took a route often used by traffickers —  across states like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and sometimes West Bengal, said an
official.

“After women from Nepal are brought to Delhi, they are kept with different placement agents in and around NCR, in areas like Paharganj and Mahipalpur,” he said.

Fake identity cards and travel documents had been procured for the women as soon as they arrived, said the official.

The women were first to be sent to Oman but the plan had to be changed later, as the agents could not arrange passports to Oman, said sources in the police. Instead, they were then taken to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia via Mumbai and Colombo in Sri Lanka, said sources.